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Family Educator (Safford)

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Safford, AZ

Title

Early Head Start (EHS) Family Educator

Status

Full Time

Educational Qualifications

Associates Degree in Early Childhood or related field

Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Early Childhood, Special Education), Social Work, Family Studies or closely related field

Preferred Experience

Experience working with young children and their families.

Direct Report

EHS Program Specialist

BACKGROUND:

Easterseals Blake Foundation, Children and Family Services is a non-profit foundation that provides supports and resources to children and families in various at-risk categories, primarily in southern Arizona.  This home-based Early Head Start program is contracted through Child-Parent Centers, Inc.  Under this contract staff work directly with families, children and expectant mothers.  Services are provided in the homes of the families and, for group experiences, at community venues.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Mentor families to become their child’s first teachers, work with families with children ages birth- three years old as well as expectant mothers.  Provide the program in a home based setting.  Complete intakes, evaluations, and track all medical information.  Plan and conduct opportunities for Group Socialization Experiences.  Ensure compliance with all Office of Head Start (OHS) National Performance Standards. Document required information in files.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Services

  • Actively engages in recruitment efforts to maintain enrollment and waiting list.
  • Plans, conducts, evaluates and documents with parents weekly home visits (minimum 1.5 hours each) to ten - twelve families.
  • In collaboration with family members, assesses strengths, capacities and needs of each family. Through a family goal setting process, assists in identification of family achievements and goals; follows-up on these achievements and goals and encourages further progress. Documents this collaborative process in family partnership agreements.
  • Identifies resources and connections family can utilize in achieving progress toward goals, independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Assists families to obtain identified services and coaches and collaborates with family to understand referral process.
  • Follows up with families on the results of referrals and their satisfaction level.
  • Supports families to understand and complete all health, safety and nutrition requirements of the program.
  • Collaborates with family to regularly complete developmental screening and assessment of the enrolled child.
  • Regularly plans, delivers and evaluates bi-monthly group socialization experiences with parents.
  • Shares individual child information with parents on a regular basis.
  • Facilitates ongoing meaningful discussions on child and family.
  • Plans, participates in and evaluates monthly parent meetings and other parent involvement activities.
  • Assists the family to advocate for their child/children.
  • Transports family when appropriate to and from community resources or other activities.
  • Assists the family to plan for transition from family based program to center based and other educational programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Leadership, Supervision, Professional Development and Teamwork:

  • Promotes parental involvement and implementation of all aspects with the Early Head Start program (Program Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Governance, Health, Nutrition, Safety, and Family Services).
  • Using MOU processes, works collaboratively with support programs: AzEIP, New Visions, etc.
  • Participates as an active team member in meeting family needs and in building the parent, home, educator, and community relationships.
  • Is responsible for providing intentional, collaborative, safe and high quality group experiences with parents, community volunteers and children.
  • Identifies emerging program and family needs, initiates requests for additional assistance and participates in on going improvements to program policies and procedures.
  • Is prepared for and participates fully in supervision.
  • Regularly attends professional development experiences at a minimum 15 hours per year.
  • Develops and implements personal education plan with supervisor.
  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned.

 Reporting and Record Keeping:

  • Completes Home Visit Plans weekly and submits to supervisor monthly.
  • Documents family and child progress toward identified goals and submits required progress reports.
  • Records and submits daily/weekly/monthly information as required.
  • Creates and maintains family/child files.
  • Completes and submits all required paperwork promptly (i.e. end of month reports, Child Plus data, Accident Reports, assessments, early intervention documentation, etc.).
  • Regarding concerns of abuse and/or neglect of children, understands requirements of mandatory reporting and, for any necessary Child Protective Services reports, follows appropriate steps according to agency policy.
  • Completes application/enrollment paperwork, as necessary.

ABILITY TO:

  • Work as a collaborative member of a team.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding family records and information.
  • Approach work with families in an empathic, nonjudgmental, respectful, professional manner.
  • Effectively communicate in both verbal and written form.
  • Manage use of time effectively and efficiently.
  • Consistently meet stringent program requirements, including targeted thresholds, on time.
  • Communicate in Spanish (read and write) to work efficiently with families (as required).

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood practices for working with young children.
  • OHS National Performance Standards.
  • Family dynamics and family-centered practices.
  • Community resources and networking.
  • Reflective communication techniques such as active listening and paraphrasing.
  • CPR/First Aid.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Work a flexible schedule, including some evening and/or weekend hours, to meet the needs of the families and program.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meeting and other program sites.
  • Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit the Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire.
  • Must obtain and pass a funder required physical exam and have a TB skin test prior to beginning employment.
  • Possess an automobile in good working order, with required automobile registration and insurance and a current Arizona driver’s license, for use as needed in job responsibilities.

POSITION ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Please review the requirements listed below to determine if you can work in the above capacity.

Independently Maintain

  • a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card and submit renewals to be kept on file
  • current automobile insurance and car registration and regularly submit proof of such to be kept on file

Regularly

  • Operate an automobile and drive to and from work related sites, including at times to isolated, rural locations

Frequently

  • Stoop, bend, walk, reach
  • Get up and down from sitting on the floor
  • Move up and down from 12” – 14” chairs
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Move quickly around objects
  • Step up and down a 17” step

Must be able to:  run, jump, jog, push and pull 25 pounds of force, carry 25 pounds

 

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